Patrick Kelly Jones*
Harry "Jazzbo" Heywood
Patrick Kelly Jones has appeared at MTC in the world premiere of Bellwether and two School Tour productions – TALL Tales and Animal vs. Animal: an Aesop’s Fables Mashup. His recent Bay Area appearances include The Death of the Novel at San Jose Rep, Hamlet at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival, The Pitmen Painters at TheatreWorks, The Coast of Utopia: Voyage at Shotgun Players, Metamorphosis at Aurora Theatre Company and Exit, Pursued by a Bear with Crowded Fire Theater. Nationally, his credits include Cymbeline and Misalliance at New York Classical Theatre; Step One: Plays with Instructions at the 52nd Street Project in New York City; You Can’t Take It with You at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; The Lieutenant of Inishmore and In the Belly of the Beast at Florida Studio Theatre; A Number at Northern Stage in Vermont; Vincent in Brixton at Cleveland Play House, Arms and the Man at Great Lakes Theater. Jones holds an MFA in acting from Case Western Reserve University.
Gabriel Marin has appeared at MTC in the world premiere of Bellwether and A Streetcar Named Desire. His recent Bay Area appearances include The Understudy at San Jose Rep and Rumors and Arms and the Man at Center REP. Locally, Marin has appeared in over 40 Equity productions with A.C.T., Aurora Theatre Company, Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, Black Box Theatre, Magic Theatre, PlayGround, San Francisco Fringe Festival, SF Playhouse, TheatreWorks, the Jewish Theatre, Thick Description, Word for Word and Z Space. East Bay Express named Marin Best Actor in the “Best of the East Bay 2010” issue, and critic Sam Hurwitt (Marin IJ, Theatre Bay Area magazine and The Idiolect blog) named him co-MVP (with Bellwether co-star Arwen Anderson) in 2011. He has performed on NBC, CBS, PBS and the BBC.
Sarah Overman makes her MTC debut in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Locally, she has appeared in Proof at TheatreWorks (San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), In the Maze of Our Own Lives at the Jewish Theatre, Brontë and Summertime at Magic Theatre, King Lear and The Two Gentlemen of Verona at Cal Shakes, Trust at Eureka Theatre, A Christmas Carol at A.C.T. and The Cripple of Inishmaan at TheatreWorks. Her regional credits include Man and Superman at Portland Center Stage, The Shape of Things at Artists Rep in Portland and Cinderella at Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis. She has appeared in the films Haiku Tunnel and Love & Taxes. Overman holds an MFA in acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater. Also a playwright, her plays have been developed at New York Theatre Workshop, 29th Street Rep in New York City and the Astoria Performing Arts Center. Her play Her Majesty the King premiered in 2006 at HERE in New York City.
Carrie Paff has appeared at MTC in Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, the world premiere of Sunlight and A Streetcar Named Desire. Locally, she has appeared in The Other Place and The Right Kind of People at Magic Theatre; Bill W. & Dr. Bob, Legacy of Light, A Picasso and The Haunting of Winchester at San Jose Rep; A Delicate Balance, Small Tragedy, Betrayal and Collapse at Aurora Theatre Company; After the War at A.C.T.; and Witness for the Prosecution, The Mousetrap and How the Other Half Loves at Center REP. Her regional credits include Double Indemnity at A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle and Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Arizona Theatre Company. Internationally, she appeared in Joan Rivers: A Work In Progress at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Leicester Square Theatre in London. Her film work includes Love & Taxes, Presque Isle, Opal, This is Macbeth and This is Hamlet. Paff holds an MA in educational theater from New York University and is the cofounder of StageWrite, Building Literacy through Theatre.
Michael Gene Sullivan*
Michael Gene Sullivan makes his MTC debut in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. Locally, he has appeared at A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, TheatreWorks, the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, African American Shakespeare Company, Magic Theatre, the Eureka Theatre and Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. He also performed with the Denver Center Theatre Company, Off Broadway and in theater festivals in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. For the past 25 years, Sullivan has been an actor, director and resident playwright of the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe and director for the all-women Circus Finelli clown troupe in San Francisco. His one-person show Did Anyone Ever Tell You – You Look Like Huey P. Newton? received the San Francisco Bay Guardian Upstage/Downstage Award. His adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984, directed by Tim Robbins, premiered in 2006 at the Actors’ Gang in Los Angeles and has since played Europe, Asia, Central and South America, Australia and in 40 states.
At age 12, Joe’s first job was in the film department at the library in his hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut. This was before the dawn of home video, back in the days of 16mm, and their permanent collection included It’s a Wonderful Life, The Lady Vanishes and other early Hitchcock films. Joe’s other main interest was the theater. Encouraged by his parents, Joe was introduced to various theaters that he came to call home, including Playwrights Horizons and Roundabout Theatre Company in New York, Westport Country Playhouse in Connecticut and others. In 1995, Joe founded Second Guess Theatre Company, which produced over two dozen new plays, adaptations and revivals to critical acclaim. In 1997, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play premiered in Stamford, Connecticut, and has since enjoyed productions around the country. Joe’s other plays include Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play and an adaptation of the cult classic Reefer Madness. Other projects include Mothers and Sons, a musical co-written with Kevin Connors, and Lifeboat, Dahling! with Bert Bernardi.
Jon Tracy makes his main stage debut with It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at MTC, where he previously directed a staged reading Blood/Money as part of MTC’s New Works series. He works as a director, playwright, designer and educator throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Locally, he has directed The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Aurora Theatre Company; Any Given Day at Magic Theatre; The Farm and The Salt Plays Pt. 1: In the Wound and Pt. 2: Of the Earth at Shotgun Players, where he is also a company member; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Man of La Mancha, Bug, Slasher and First Person Shooter at SF Playhouse; The Rainmaker and The Diviners for the A.C.T. Conservatory; the West Coast premiere of Evil Dead: The Musical at Willows Theatre; See How We Are, which he also wrote, at Impact Theatre; Grapes of Wrath at TheatreFIRST, Nixon’s Nixon, Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter and his own adaptation of A Christmas Carol at Sonoma County Repertory; and Chatterbox: The Anne Frank Project, which he also wrote, at Missouri St. Theatre. He is the founder and former artistic director of Darkroom Productions, where he directed and designed Macbeth, subUrbia, King Lear, Marisol, Some Devil Whisper and The Good News, which he also wrote. He is the former artistic director of Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, a company member of PlayGround, an associate artist and core youth program instructor at Berkeley Playhouse, and an affiliate artist with Foothill Theatre Company, Alter Theatre Ensemble and Marin Shakespeare Company. A graduate of Solano College Theatre’s Actor Training Program, he is also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Meritorious Achievement Award, fifteen North Bay Arty Awards, a Sacramento Elly Award, Bay Area Critics Circle Award and is a grant recipient from Theatre Bay Area and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Eric E. Sinkkonen has designed lighting for MTC’s productions of My Children! My Africa!, Love Person, Love Song, Orson’s Shadow, Life X 3, My Old Lady and Misalliance. Locally, he has designed for the Cal Shakes, TheatreWorks, Center REP, Aurora Theatre Company, Magic Theatre, San Jose Rep, the Sacramento Theatre Company, San Francisco Mime Troupe, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Willows Theatre Company, San Francisco Repertory Theatre and SRJC Summer Repertory Theatre. Regionally, his credits include the Country Playhouse in Houston, the Hilberry Theatre in Detroit, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, and San Diego Rep. He designed the world premiere of Mart Crowley’s The Men from the Boys at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, as well as the Los Angeles premiere at the Fountain Theatre. He is the recipient of several Dean Goodman Choice Awards, Diablo Magazine Shellie Awards, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award nominations and San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award nominations. He has lived in Mill Valley for 43 years.
Michael Palumbo has designed lighting for MTC’s productions of God of Carnage, Fuddy Meers, the world premiere of Sunlight, boom, My Children! My Africa!, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Good German, Killer Joe and Two for the Seesaw, as well as the lighting and set for MTC’s world premiere of Bill Cain’s 9 Circles. He has designed for TheatreWorks, San Jose Rep, Opera San Jose, Magic Theatre, Aurora Theatre Company, San Jose Stage, SF Playhouse, Sacramento Opera, A.C.T.’s MFA Conservatory, Diablo Theatre Company, Shotgun Players, Broadway by the Bay, TeatroVision, TheatreFIRST, Pacific Repertory Theatre, SCT/Harbor Theatre, City Lights Theatre Company, Palo Alto Players and Inferno Theatre.
Callie Floor has designed costumes for MTC’s productions of Topdog/Underdog, Seven Guitars (San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award,) Fuddy Meers, 9 Circles, Sunlight, boom, My Name is Asher Lev, Magic Forest Farm, Lydia, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Jacques Brel and The Subject Tonight is Love. Her work was most recently seen in Salomania at Aurora Theatre Company and Spunk! at Cal Shakes. She has designed for many Bay Area theaters including A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, Magic Theatre, San Francisco Mime Troupe and West Bay Opera. She is currently working on How to Write a Book for the Bible for South Coast Rep and Sailing Away for Zaccho Dance Theatre. Floor is the resident designer for the California Revels and currently holds the position of Costume Rentals Supervisor for A.C.T. She has a BFA from the University of Utah and a Higher Diploma in Theatre Design from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London.
Composer & Sound Designer
Chris Houston is a pianist, composer and sound designer. He has designed sound for MTC’s productions of Topdog/Underdog, Othello, the Moor of Venice, The Glass Menagerie, Bellwether, Seven Guitars, Edward Albee’s Tiny Alice, Fuddy Meers, Seagull, Happy Now?, In the Red and Brown Water, Equivocation, Sunlight, boom, My Name is Asher Lev, Magic Forest Farm, Lydia, The Seafarer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Love Person, A Streetcar Named Desire, said Saïd and Lovers & Executioners. Locally, his designs and compositions have been featured at A.C.T., Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Center REP, Magic Theatre and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.
Seren Helday (Properties Artisan) is resident props artisan for MTC. She has
provided props for all productions since 2008. She has also provided props for A.C.T., Center REP, Cal Shakes and SF Playhouse. She spent one year as Master Carpenter at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, building some 30 shows for their season. Helday was also technical director of the Live Theatre Workshop in Tucson in addition to working as a designer, performer and manager.
Jonathan Templeton (Stage Manager) has stage managed MTC’s productions of Topdog/Underdog, Circle Mirror Transformation, God of Carnage, Othello, the Moor of Venice, A Steady Rain, The Glass Menagerie and Seven Guitars. He has worked in Chicago on Good Boys and True, ‘Art’ and four seasons of First Look Repertory of New Work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Trust, Fedra, Argonautika, The Brothers Karamazov, Great Men of Science, The Shaggs, 1984, The Old Curiosity Shop, Black Diamond and Around the World in 80 Days at Lookingglass Theatre Company, where he is a production affiliate; Loving Repeating, Execution of Justice and Wedding Play at About Face Theatre; and Orpheus Descending at American Theatre Company. He also spent two summers with Weston Playhouse in Vermont. Templeton is a graduate of Northwestern University.
* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers